sunday best #3: “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke”

The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke
Richard Dadd
Oil on canvas (1855-64)

Andrew Stickland says:

On my first trip to the Tate Gallery I suddenly came upon this painting and it stopped me in my tracks. It is a small, but beautifully detailed and textured painting and quite unique in its style and composition.

In one image, the artist has managed to create so many characters, tell so many stories, that it is easily as engrossing as many novels.

Every time I return to it, there is some new secret revealed and I find the characters have something new to tell me. Stunning.

Andrew Stickland
“The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” is recommended by Andrew Stickland.
  • Painted: 1855–64
  • Current availability: In the collection of the Tate Gallery, London.

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